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Strategy #1

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Study: I used Texes 135 Mathematics Grade 8-12 W/CD-ROM and the materials that the ETS website provided concerning the mathematics 135 8-12 content test. Both used together were a greater help than either one alone. You most certainly do NOT want to use ETS's preparation materials alone!! Doing so would be test suicide!! The practice questions included were much more realistic than the quizzes or questions in the TExES 135 book, though the content of that book was spot on. If you're rusty in a particular area, the book literally has the capacity to teach you the subject almost in its entirety. All in all I would recommend following the objectives on listed by ETS, focusing first on the ones which you have the least knowledge, and working from there. Use the objective breakdown as a check off list and focus on the TExES book as the tool to learn those particular objectives.

Test: Despite the title of this site, I didn't take the alternate route to certification; I went through a dragging 2 year process through my university which required that I pay $10 to pass their version of the math exam before obtaining permission to take the state level test. It took me two tries to pass my university's version, most likely because it was substantially harder than the state level (who knew?) and because I didn't really take it seriously enough to put in even a week to study beforehand. Because of that, even though I scheduled to take the state level test two weeks later and only studied for one week, I passed with flying colors the first time. Granted, I had 2 1/2 years experience teaching math prior to taking the test, which I believe helped eliminate the time that would have otherwise gone to other areas, but if you feel good and confident about your math skills, 2-3 weeks max of diligent studying is all you really need. I am a physics and mathematics major, so I've taken plenty of math classes and personally didn't feel it necessary to go over the calculus, geometry, or much of the algebra sections in my study plan, which was nice considering that 50% of the actual test is a combination of algebra and geometry. Eat a high protein breakfast (more carbs have the ability to make you sleepy if you aren't active after eating them), and get plenty of sleep! I scheduled myself for a noon session so I could take the time to make a homemade spinach and portabello mushroom omelette (worked like a charm!). In short, and contrary to most of the testimonials here, the test wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. I came out thinking I could've done even better than I did had not been so extremely nervous going into taking it. PACE YOURSELF. This may be the fastest 5 hours of your life! I didn't mark the time consuming questions to return to later, and ended up running out of time. You don't need a fancy smancy calculator either. I went out and got the Texas Instruments NX CAS Calculator out of worry (wonderful tool), but you could do just as well with a TI 83-Plus or something just as formidable. Lastly, Good luck! It is a perfectly doable test.

Strategy #2

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Study: There are some you tube channels that are great and are organized in such a way that you can easily discern which videos relate to specific competencies. The videos I would recommend are: Khan Academy, Patrick JMT, Prof Rob Bob, JB statistics and Exam solutions. I would recommend to watch the videos in tandem with the TExES prep manual.

Test: Test was a touch harder than anticipated, but I still passed on the 1st try (263). I went through the TExES prep manual one competency per day while watching corresponding youtube videos. I also bought a TI Nspire CX CAS which is an awesome calculator. It's about $30 more expensive than a ti-84, but it's worth it. If you're going to be a math teacher you might as well get it because it will become one of your most powerful teaching tools. I had to buy it on amazon. GET THE CX CAS. In short, if you want to pass the 1st time - use the FREE TExES prep manual in congruence with youtube, and buy the TI Nspire CX CAS calculator.

Strategy #3

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Study: I have a B.A. In Mathematics but have not touched math in 7 years. I went through a basic algebra and trig book to refresh, detailed study in a calculus book, basic linear algebra and a few other books. I used the XAM study guide to follow and the day before I got the test I bought the Texas Texes Cert book for practice tests (Friedman and Riess).

Test: I believe there are 2 versions of the exam. A colleague took the exam before me and told me there was almost no geometry, but a lot of calculus. I studied for the calculus and ended up with only 3 questions that applied basic calculus. There's 6 questions on geometric proofs. Make sure you know theorems and how to apply them to proofs. Overall, I passed first time, despite not having studied the proofs and missing a few of the odder, tertiary level questions. I should have skipped the XAM and just used the Friedman/Riess manual along with my books.

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Study: The test was not too difficult. I studied the day before the exam. I have been using Math all of my adult life. I used Sharon Waynne Texes Practice Book, which was helpful.

Test: The questions were divided as stated in the Texes guide. If you are able to have a TI Nspire CX CAS calculator and know how to use it, you stand a far better chance of nailing some of the questions.

Strategy #5

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Study: The study books I used were the Math 135 book and the REA Math 135 book. These two resources provided me with tons of practice quizzes and tests. For detailed explanations of the math, I used the Khan Academy online website. It is free, there are video tutorials of everything, and many of the modules also have practice questions. I was a history major in college so I essentially used these three resources to teach myself calculus and statistics. I studied a few hours a day for about a month and a half leading up to the test. I passed with 261/300.

Test: The test was about what I expected, perhaps a little easier. I felt my studying had prepared me for more than was actually on the exam. Be sure you know how to use a graphing calculator, as it can be used as a shortcut for almost all of the calculus and statistics questions that were on the test. Also be sure you know the name of theorems and processes, not just how to use them. I know that I probably missed one or two problems because I knew how to do the math, but couldn't remember what it was called. It is important to use all the time they give you. I went through the test once and answered anything I knew right away or wouldn't take me long to figure out. My first pass though the test was completed in about three hours and that left me two hours to focus on the hard stuff. I probably made 6 or 7 "passes" though the test, either solving a remaining problem or putting it off until later if I thought it was harder than the questions I still needed to review. I finished all questions in earnest with five minutes left. Eat a good breakfast and get a good night's sleep!

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Study: I used the REA test preparation book to study for this test. I graduated last year with a minor in mathematics, but it had been a while since I had seen some of the material on the exam. I spent about 3-4 weeks (casually) reading through the material in the book and taking all of the quizzes. Then, I spent the last two weeks before my exam taking the practice tests provided in the book, and more intensely looking over the material I wasn't confident in. I felt that the REA book adequately prepared me for the exam, and that the practice tests were an accurate representation of the time needed to complete the test. However, I was surprised by a few of the questions and terminology on the actual test, so I think adding in supplemental material may be helpful to make sure that all of your bases are covered.

Test: The test was a little bit harder than I was anticipating, but I felt adequately prepared for the exam. The questions related to "Communicating Mathematical Concepts" and "Instruction and Assessment" were kind of abstract and worded funny, so I didn't do as well as I expected in those sections. Regardless, I made a 283 on the exam in 3 hours, so I was very happy with the results. I would definitely recommend the REA book for brushing up on material, although you may need to use other resources to go deeper in subjects that you aren't as confident in.

Strategy #7

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Study: The ETS study guide and practice test was a bit vague, but the T-CERT free training module really set me on the path. I purchased a practice test, because I was nervous, but it did not really help much.

Test: The test I took broke down as follows, by # of questions per Domain: I. Number Concepts: 11 QuestionsII. Patterns and Algebra: 27 QuestionsIII. Geometry and Measurement: 15 IV. Probability and Statistics: 11 V. Mathematical Processes and Perspectives: 8 VI. Mathematical Learning/Instruction/AssessmentrnrnReview your Venn diagrams for how the Real, Complex, Imaginary, etc, work. Review the Bell curve percentages at 1, 2, and 3 standard deviations from the mean. Review your Algebra. Do NOT miss out on the easy cheesy problems related to teaching math and pattern finding. Take your time, these are not really math problems, they also want to test if you can *teach* math. Practice grading other people's work, if you can. Check another person's geometry proof -- one that's wrong.

Strategy #8

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Study: I studied state "pretest" what a joke, Xam 2008 version study book, Barrons EZ calculus, EZ Trig, EZ Geometry, Algebra made Easy, EZ Statistics, a probability book.. Algebra 2 and trig dvds, Geometry Dvds,calculus dvds, Khan Academy watching him go over exit exams for algebra 1,2 and geometry.

Test: I knew the "state pretest" questions forwards and backwards including the concepts, I put in between 300-350 hours studying (exam was nothing like state pretest) but maybe 5x harder. pretest questions made sense and were straight forward. exam questions were 50% "trick questions" with multiple disciplines. I did not pass my first time so far... I scored 221 and needed 240 to pass. this exam was a beast and I've passed 2 other TEXES exams in the past 8 months. I'm a decent test taker. lots of trig, especially the obscure off the wall stuff. only 1 question about angles the rest of geo were weird, obscure stuff. lots of logs... some random pattern numbers they want you to figure out. random wave patterns they want you to make sense of as sin/cosine waves are too easy. I took all 5 hours with only a 7 minute break. calculator isn't too much of a help for most of it. good luck.

Strategy #9

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Study: Started studying about 6 days before the exam. I used the online practice exams that I paid a fee for, and took 3 or 4 of those exams. Plus I looked at math study guides/cheat sheets that are free on the internet. I have an engineering degree but haven't used advanced math in about 14 years.

Test: The actual test was easier than the online practice exams that I took. I could have done the test without using the graphing part of my calculator, but it was easy enough to use that part to speed things along. My areas of weakness are probablity/statistics and complex integration/differentiation, but the test had only one (easy) integration question and very few prob/stat questions. I scored better on the real exam than I had been scoring on the practice exams. I think there may have been one or two content-related typos on the exam, but I just guessed on those questions.

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Study: I graduated in 1976 (i'll be 60 next year). Passed the test June 2012. I enrolled in the local community college and took 4 classes in less than a year: Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra concurrent with Trig and then Pre Calculus. I have never had Calculus. the tutoring center in the community college taught me how to do simple calculus and statistic problems with the graphing calculator.

Test: i took the test twice. Remember to ask for the formula sheet, i didn't. Also they only gave me 3 sheets of paper to work with. if you use them you have to hand them back in in order to get more. Plan accordingly. Know how to use your calculator. If i had to do it again i would get the Inspire TI Calculator (it could be Aspire) It is so advanced and will do most of the work for you. As it were i used the TI 84 Silver Edition. I like it.

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